Saddle Brook public schools will not close for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January.
District students, who missed seven days of school following Superstorm Sandy, will make up for that lost time with a half-day on the federal holiday, recognized next year on Monday, Jan. 21.
Superintendent Kathryn Fedina said the decision to make up class on a national holiday was made because Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was already scheduled as a professional day for teachers.
"So instead of an all-day professional development day, students will come for a single session day and teachers will have a half day professional development day," Fedina explained.
The decision to hold class on a federal holiday did not sit well with some parents, including one who called it "crazy" on the Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch Facebook page.
Fair Lawn public schools, which were in a similar predicament due to class time missed, chose instead to eliminate a day from the student's winter recess in late February.